Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Coronavirus vaccine "could be available" by the autumn- Dietmar Hopp

Hoffenheim owner Dietmar Hopp claims a coronavirus vaccine "could be available" by the autumn, providing human trials go ahead as scheduled in the coming months.

Hopp has found himself in the German football headlines since the turn of the year, with supporters publicly protesting against his influence behind the scenes in the Bundesliga.

German fans believe that clubs operating outside of the "50-1" rule which allows supporters to retain a stake in their clubs are ruining modern football, with RB Leipzig also viewed as a "plastic" organisation.

The Bundesliga has faced major disruptions for far more urgent concerns recently, with the coronavirus outbreak causing delays to the 2019-20 campaign.

Hopp is also the main investor in biopharmaceutical company CureVac, who are currently working on a vaccine to combat Covid-19.

The Hoffenheim chief has revealed that CureVac have been on the frontlines of the crisis since the turn of the year, and he insists that a breakthrough could be made in the next six to seven months.

When asked how long it will be before a vaccine is released to the public, Hopp told Sport1: "That depends on the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute (the german institute for vaccines).

"It has to be tested first with animals and then with human beings. But I think it could be available in autumn at the time when possibly the next wave of infections will come."


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